Unsacred - Where the Light Dims
01 - Drawing Down the Moon
02 - Suffer Me
03 - Blight
04 - Where the Light Dims
05 - Abandoned
06 - It Only Gets Worse
Drums and Guitars Recorded by Bob Quirk
Vocals and Bass Recorded by Craig Snow
Mixed and Mastered by Craig Snow
Cover Thanks to Isabelle Mouton
Released on Torn Flesh Records, August, 2012
On Twitter @tornfleshrecs
August 31, 2012
Unsacred - Where the Light Dims Review
I loved the drumming in this album! It's so intense, so constant, so loud, yet so in the background it's perfect. The higher pitched percussion screams over the guitars and vocals throughout the album, while the drums create a low rumble in the background. The drumming in this album is mostly fast paced, although there is a slow part in "Suffer Me."The feeling behind the songs is portrayed through the drums. Sometimes a wall of sound, constant pounding, anger and frustration expressed in a violent storm of drum strikes, other times a slower, sadder, morbid kind of feel. The drums are very important on this album.
That said, next to look at is the vocals. Somewhat understandable, and intense to match the drums. The vocalist uses a screaming style, perhaps best described as a cross between the thrash metal and black metal vocal styles. The vocals appear to have a little reverb, because they have the "long hall" kind of effect to them, but not to the extent where it is obviously noticeable. Overall, a good vocal style and production. They don't overpower the rest of the band; rather they blend in with the intensity of the drums.
As for a bass guitar, well you'd have to search hard to hear one. I believe that the bass guitar has the same riffs as the guitar, however it is hard to tell. Still, the album does have a small sense of bass, and you can hear the occasional long deep bass note ring out of the chaos. The bass guitar has more potential then it delivers, but this is common. I personally prefer complex bass parts that don't mimic the guitar part, but each to his own. Regardless, while it could be improved upon, the bass guitar isn't a weakness of the album.
A cool part of this album is the riffs. To say they are complex would be an overstatement. They are mostly based around two, three, maybe four notes. Still, somehow they each maintain their own identity and help give character to each track, despite their simplicity. The strength of the riffs comes not from the notes that are played, but rather from the rhythms in which they are played. This album is really rhythmically based, since it doesn't have a lot of melody. For this particular style of music I prefer it this way.
Overall, a very solid album. My favorite songs were "Suffer Me" (it starts out slow and morbid, later shaping into a faster but still morbid song reminding me of black metal) and "It Only Gets Worse" (a song with good bass drops and a breakdown feeling.) I would recommend this album, and although I do wish it had turned out a longer album, it is still definitely worth the listen. Since it's only 15 minutes, you might have to listen to it a few times to get the full effect. Regardless, enjoy the music!